The Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was established in response to the release of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018. While the event supports shadow reporting on the implementation of this whole-of-government policy, it is important we remember that people, not policy is at the heart of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. For this reason, in 2015, the Dialogue included two country specific sessions. Each country specific panel consist of one panelist from the Australian Government, one from an Australian civil-society organisation, and one conflict affected woman.
This podcast is a recording of the panel session on Solomon Islands. Overall, the purpose of the session is to discuss the current state of Women, Peace and Security in Solomon Islands and opportunities for Australian policy and programming. The session was chaired by Dr Sinclair Dinnen, Associate Professor of State, Society and Governance in Melanesia at the Australian National University. The panelists were:
- Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee, National Manager International Operations, Australian Federal Police
- Jo Hayter, Chief Executive Officer, International Women’s Development Agency
Ethel Sigimanu, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs was invited to join the panel. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend on the day.